Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Onward to Burton on Trent

We arranged an 8am start with Epiphany as there were no lock for about 3 miles and this enabled Fi to arise in a more leisurely fashion.......

Barney and I walked at first.  I did have ambition to walk all the way to the lock but gave in after just under a mile and a half.  We signalled for our pick up at bridge 17 and this was managed better than usual.  Barney does insist on the boat being at a dead stop before he will climb aboard!
 He  is getting more used to climbing on at the front if it is open and Geoff seems to manage this better!!!!) (Photo NB Epiphany)
Stenson lock was to be our last wide lock of the year...... and by now Fi was alive and kicking and busy taking what always seem to be better photographs than mine!!!
as you can see..........
A very pretty lock cottage......

Our crew working well!!

Ambitious sign painting
Today's heron was very brave and did not fly off until we were almost past him.
We stopped to water in was a bit like Piccadilly circus.... one alongside us waiting to water, Epiphany snuggled up in the winding hole waiting and a lady arrived by car to empty loo cassettes.......such a popular pastime...........

After a nice long stretch with the first of our narrow locks we reached Burton on Trent and moored in Shobnall Fields.
Huge recreational area and good mooring place both for us and for the important member of the crew......
Total distance:9.90 miles 
Elapsed time:4h36m0s 
Average speed:2.15 mph (2.59 lock/mph) 

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